N.H. Senator Shaheen and Other Democrats are Stalling Critical Aid to State’s Small Businesses by Playing Politics, Says Messner


N.H. Senator Shaheen and Other Democrats are Stalling Critical Aid to State’s Small Businesses by Playing Politics, Says Messner

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BEDFORD, NH – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen and other Senate and House Democrats are delaying critical assistance to New Hampshire’s small businesses by playing politics, says Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bryant “Corky” Messner.

“The Paycheck Protection Program, which was a key component of the coronavirus stimulus package, will exhaust its funding today, yet Democrats in the Senate, including career politician Senator Shaheen, continue to stall more funding for this critical assistance to New Hampshire businesses,” says Messner. “And why? It’s all politics.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell last week urged Congress to pass a $250 billion funding increase for the small-business program, but Democrats objected, saying they want some of the money reserved for women- and minority-owned businesses, and additional funding for hospitals and the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

“Once again, D.C. Jeanne is taking her cue from Nancy Pelosi and her most liberal Senate colleagues, abandoning Granite Staters’ best interests to kowtow to the progressive agenda and special interests. There is an astounding lack of urgency coming from Jeanne Shaheen and her out-of-touch circle. Time matters in a crisis, as out-of-work Americans are worried not only about their health and the health of their families, but also worried about paying rent and putting food on the table.

“Why not pass this bill immediately, and then negotiate the other points? Do they not understand that there’s no time to was te in getting these funds to businesses?” asks Messner. “Once again, Senator Shaheen takes the bows when she comes to New Hampshire for her ‘leadership,’ but when she’s in Washington, she dives into the partisan politics pool and forgets about Granite Staters and their needs.”

About Bryant “Corky” Messner
Raised in a blue-collar family in Altoona, PA, Bryant “Corky” Messner attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he played football and prepared for military service. Upon earning the Army Ranger tab and graduating in 1979, he served in West Germany, witnessing firsthand the specter of the Iron Curtain during the Cold War. Following his military service, he attended University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law and went on to found the law firm Messner Reeves LLP, which today includes more than 100 lawyers, 200 employees and offices in nine cities.

Messner is a strong conservative, and remains passionate about giving back to the country that has offered him the opportunity to live the American Dream. His continued public service includes involvement with various non-profit organizations, including the Wentworth Watershed Association, the Army West Point Athletic Association, the Rise School Denver, and the Messner Foundation, which works to cultivate the next generation of business and community leaders.

A father of three, Messner’s two sons are West Point Cadets and his daughter is preparing to attend medical school. He resides in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.

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